King James takes home AdFocus Awards Large Agency of the Year gong

14:22 PM (12 Hours ago) Awards
Ending off what has undoubtedly been a year of fine successes for the agency, King James Group was crowned Large Agency of the Year at the Annual AdFocus Awards held in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.

Join Jacaranda FM for Carols by Candlelight this December

14:16 PM (12 Hours ago) Events
Lira, Elvis Blue, Loyiso Bala and Matthew Mole are just some of the artists you can expect to see at Jacaranda FM & Spar Carols by Candlelight which takes place at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Tuesday, 1 December and at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 2 December.

Social media in 2015: The good, bad and the silver lining

14:02 PM (12 Hours ago) Editorial Desk
Running a campaign on social media is one of the most effective ways for brands and businesses to reach an audience. The danger in running a social campaign is that if it goes wrong, it goes viral. But if it goes right, you can not only get noticed, but you can attract new customers with the click of a button. 

Bookmarks Awards 2016, Special Honours, Publishing and Platforms categories explained

13:24 PM (12 Hours ago) Awards
With the deadline for entries to the prestigious IAB SA Bookmark Awards extended to 30 November, digital marketers have one last opportunity to enter and do battle for the industry’s most coveted awards across eight categories, of which the Platform category is one.

Holiday Swap KZN wins Drum Content Award

12:37 PM (13 Hours ago) Awards
Holiday Swap KZN, the South African reality TV show which showcased holiday activities in KwaZulu-Natal while exploring the breath-taking landscape of the province – has won a major international content marketing award.

Trend Report: GoT, Google and getting congratulated by the ANC

12:09 PM (14 Hours ago) Trending
Every Friday the Media Update team takes a look at the hottest online and social media trends. After several debates and a few cups of coffee, we pick the best ones and put together a little summary for you.

M&C Saatchi named Agency of the Year at 2015 AdFocus Awards

11:41 AM (14 Hours ago) Awards
After years of near-misses, M&C Saatchi Abel was named Agency of the Year at the 2015 Annual AdFocus Awards, on Wednesday, 25 November, held at RoomFive, in Rivonia, Johannesburg.

Nubian Bride celebrates a summer of love

11:39 AM (14 Hours ago) New on the Shelf

For summer, Nubian Bride has upped the ante, delivering what they call their most beautiful issue yet, jam packed with everything a bridal couple needs to prepare for their big day. 

Celebs take to the track for a great cause

11:25 AM (14 Hours ago) CSI

A score of South African celebrities have lent their names to the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup’s official charity drive, 'Racing. It’s a Rush Celebrity Charity Dash'. The drive, on Saturday, 28 November 2015 hopes to bring smiles to thousands of disadvantaged children this festive season.

Mary J Blige is coming to SA

11:15 AM (15 Hours ago) Entertainment
Multi Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Mary J. Blige, is set to raise the roof with her trademark heartfelt performance at the BET Experience Africa at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Saturday, 12 December.

PR takes stock at PRISA breakfast

10:48 AM (15 Hours ago) Publicity News
Public relations has seen major change over the last 10 years, driven by digital communication and summed up in one word: disruption. This was the major talking point at the inaugural Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA) networking breakfast, succinctly titled PR: Today, tomorrow and the next five years? 

H&M goes Guerrilla

10:48 AM (15 Hours ago) Marketing News

When H&M entered the South African market, the Swedish brand, did it with an outdoor blitz. Making use of Johannesburg’s top outdoor sites in the Sandton CBD.

To light beer, or not to light beer? That is the question

10:47 AM (15 Hours ago) Marketing News
Amstel Lite has just released a new through-the-line campaign that makes consumers think twice about why they drink the beer they drink. 

Cricket South Africa hit fan engagement for six

10:33 AM (15 Hours ago) Social Media News
Better content and increasing fan engagement are the holy grails of the social media world and when a local sporting body sees a surge into the thousands of likes and comments on their Facebook page, they must be doing something right.

M-Net cleans up at PromaxBDA Africa 2015 Awards

10:27 AM (15 Hours ago) Awards

M-Net won 24 accolades at the PromaxBDA Africa 2015 Awards held at the Maslow in Sandton on Friday, 20 November.

HDI Youth and Pick n Pay partnership wins it an Adfocus Award

10:25 AM (15 Hours ago) Marketing News
Of the 14 Adfocus Awards that were presented on Thursday, 26 November at Room 5 in Rivonia, Johannesburg, the Best Partnership Award sponsored by Independent Agency Search and Selection Company (IAS), was taken by HDI Youth and Pick n Pay.

HDI Youth Marketeers score more silverwear

10:02 AM (16 Hours ago) Awards

African market specialists, HDI Youth Marketeers have taken home the best Partnership of the Year Award at the Annual AdFocus Awards with their long standing client, Pick n Pay. 

Heavy Chef is bringing Rich Mulholland to Cape Town

9:52 AM (16 Hours ago) Marketing News
On Tuesday, 8 December 2015 at World Wide Creative’s studio in Cape Town, Rich Mulholland will talk about how to master the art of delivering effective presentations and the principles behind this fundamental skill. 

Trend forecast: Content marketing in 2016 (Part 1)

15:33 PM (Yesterday) Editorial Desk
For the most part of this year, content marketing has been ‘the next big thing’. It’s everywhere, and South African brands and businesses have finally begun to realise its value.  

Award-winning Miners Shot Down to be broadcast on [ED] this November

15:19 PM (Yesterday) Media News
[ED], the first South African channel to air the International Emmy Award-winning documentary Miners Shot Down, will repeat the documentary again this weekend following its acclaim.

Six tips to better engage with your audience

14:37 PM (Yesterday) Opinion
So you’ve managed to direct more traffic to your website. What now? Eduard Marais, CEO and co-founder of Kwikweb, offers six tips on engaging with your audience.

AfriDocs takes an honest look at climate change

14:36 PM (Yesterday) Media News

The start of December signals the beginning of #ClimateChangeWeek, AfriDocs’ annual week-long film event devoted to some of the most important environmental documentaries from across the globe. 

Disruption is everywhere - Angus Robinson

14:29 PM (Yesterday) Marketing News
On Wednesday, 25 November, Sandton was the venue for the NATIVE VML Foundation Educational In-reach Session. Hosted by agency co-founder and mobile, content, community and media director Angus Robinson, the session focused on the hottest digital trends of 2015.

Win at social media in 5 steps

13:53 PM (Yesterday) Opinion
As social media continues to grow, many brands are still a bit unsure about how they can harness it in a way that drives better relationships with their customers. Bianca Quinn-Diavastos, head of Business Solutions and Strategy at 25AM provides five starting points for shaping a social media strategy that will pay off for your brand. 

Appeal to low-income customers with ChiChi Sponsored Call Marketing

11:40 AM (Yesterday) Opinion
Consumer brands in South Africa spend millions of Rands every year on billboard, TV, radio and print advertising. But it’s getting more and more difficult (and expensive) to capture and hold people’s attention. Patrick Palmi, CEO of, explains his company’s new sponsored call marketing plan, and how it aims to tackle this. 

No horsing around in the new Carling Black Label ad

11:11 AM (Yesterday) Advertising News

Five thoroughbred horses trained and conditioned for six weeks. More than 160 hours spent rigging equipment in six locations. A cable camera rig spanning 40 meters above the city streets. Six days of location shooting. These are some of the components in the creation of the latest Carling Black Label ad, shot in September with Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town and Velocity Films. 

Egg Films’ Sunu makes Bakers magic

10:54 AM (Yesterday) Behind The Ad

Egg Films’ Sunu directed M&C Saatchi Abel’s new Bakers ad.  After a successful collaboration on Freshpak Rooibos earlier this year, Sunu jumped at the opportunity to work with M&C Saatchi Abel again and add his signature touch of warmth to another South African brand.

Aces Brew Worx brings a fresh look to craft beer

10:36 AM (Yesterday) In Focus
How do you make yourself stand out in a market which, by its very definition, sees itself as a distinct alternative to a mass produced product? This is a problem Dyllan and Lliam Roach, founders of Aces Brew Worx, know all about, having worked in the craft beer industry for over seven years.

The Voice South Africa names their presenters

10:34 AM (Yesterday) Media News
Well-known television personality Lungile Radu has been tasked with hosting The Voice South Africa, M-Net's local version of the popular international vocal talent search. At the same time, viewers can welcome a fresh new face into their homes. Vibrant radio personality Stacey Norman will do duty as The Voice SA’s very own V-reporter. 

Sunday Times welcomes new editor, Bongani Siqoko

9:59 AM (Yesterday) Media News
Times Media has announced that Daily Dispatch editor, Bongani Siqoko, has been appointed editor of the Sunday Times. Siqoko will replace Phylicia Oppelt who has accepted a senior position within the group as general manager, editorial projects.

ELLE names their 2015 Rising Star

9:49 AM (Yesterday) Awards

Young Moroccan fashion designer, Hamza Guelmouss’s life changed in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 25 November when he took home top honours at the ELLE Rising Star Design Awards held at Hyde Park.

MediaWeb: SA’s Journalism Hub

9:16 AM (Yesterday) In Focus
The Internet is a melting pot of information. Whatever you need or want to know, you’re likely find it. Search a topic such as journalism and you’ll discover websites detailing tips, resources, news and more. There is, however, a drawback to all this information: you can get lost; overwhelmed by the facts and figures. 

Ditch the Mo, but remember the message

9:09 AM (Yesterday) CSI
As the month of the Mo draws to a close, research by the Men’s Foundation has revealed that as many as 51% of men feel that they have to cope with their health concerns on their own. 

Checkers teams up with Uber for Black Friday

8:47 AM (Yesterday) Marketing News
Black Friday, the world’s biggest sales promotion, will be back at Checkers on Friday, 27 November. Checkers was the first food retailer to bring Black Friday to South African shores in 2014.

Our youth are marching to the beat of a new drum

14:57 PM (2 Days ago) Opinion
I teach part-time at AAA and one of my lectures is always on Youth. So says Katlego Moutlana, head of strategy at Mortimer Harvey. 

Tiaan Nagel talks all things design, decor and what inspires him

14:48 PM (2 Days ago) Interviews
With a formal background in fashion design and extensive experience as a design commentator, House and Leisure’s new editor Tiaan Nagel has big plans for the much loved South African design, décor and lifestyle brand.   

ROOTS 2016 to reveal changes in media consumption, purchasing and lifestyles

14:37 PM (2 Days ago) Marketing News
South Africa’s largest urban community level quantitative survey, ROOTS, is in field and due to be released in the first quarter of 2016 by SPARK Media. 

Stretch Experiential confirms credentials will seven new business wins

14:27 PM (2 Days ago) New Accounts
Award-winning experiential marketing agency, Stretch Experiential, is set to the end 2015 on a high following no less than seven new business wins across a range of clients and industries. 

How to get over your writer’s block

14:26 PM (2 Days ago) Editorial Desk
You’re staring at a blank page. Your cursor blinks, anxious for you to put it to work. Your desk is tidy; and so is the kitchen, bathroom and lounge. You’re surrounded by mind maps and detailed planning. But you can’t write.

New agency focuses on businesses in need of a new approach

14:13 PM (2 Days ago) Marketing Profile
Nelon a new creative brand management agency based in Cape Town has launched with a collaborative creative consulting approach focused specifically on businesses and entrepreneurs in need of a new approach to business. 

The SA State Theatre announces appointment of new CEO

13:29 PM (2 Days ago) People on the Move
It is with great pleasure that The South African State Theatre in Pretoria recently announced the appointment of its new CEO, Dr. Sibongiseni Mkhize. 

African e-commerce is gaining traction, finds Strategic Marketing Africa

13:21 PM (2 Days ago) Marketing News
With its young, tech-savvy population, increasing urbanisation and fast-growing middle class, Africa seems a natural fit for e-commerce. 

Styling Concepts, Press Room announce plans to integrate their businesses in 2016

12:56 PM (2 Days ago) Publicity News
Leading fashion press office & PR agencies Styling Concepts (Johannesburg) and Press Room (Cape Town) today announced the plans for the integration of their businesses in 2016. 

Media24 takes home top skills development award

10:37 AM (2 Days ago) Awards
The Media24 Academy won high praise this week when it was recognised by the FP&M Seta as a Best Practice Skills Development Provider for Learning Programmes in rural areas and townships.

Lebogang Rasethaba; Mzansi’s authentic auteur

10:29 AM (2 Days ago) In Focus

Lebogang Rasethaba is the filmmaker who invited the world to the apartheid after-party with 2014’s Future Sounds of Mzansi documentary featuring Spoek Mathambo. The film garnered serious media hype and awards, as has Rasethaba in his multifarious career.

TBWA\ and Greatstock take home three Assegai Awards

9:56 AM (2 Days ago) Awards
TBWA Hunt Lascaris Durban, in collaboration with Greatstock, has won three awards at the Assegai Awards for their unconventional ‘Be Our Art Director’ campaign. The agency took home a Black Spear Award for Most Effective Use of Content, a Bronze Award for Best Branded Content and a Gold Innovative Solutions Award.

Save valuable time with Newsclip’s Digital RedBook

9:44 AM (2 Days ago) Media News
Managing and sharing your media coverage has never been this efficient. With Newsclip’s Digital Redbook, you are able to quickly access your clips, showcase them according to your requirements and share your personalised RedBook with clients or management. 

The 5 attributes of an intuitive agency culture

9:35 AM (2 Days ago) Opinion
Lately I’ve been contemplating the polarity of the communications world, especially Public relations. So says Roxanne Marais, senior account manager at Tribeca Public Relations

Dot Dicks crowned winner of The Great South African Bake Off

9:33 AM (2 Days ago) Media News
Dot Dicks has risen to the occasion to be crowned the winner of BBC Lifestyle’s Great South African Bake Off.

Book review: Why You Were Taken

9:23 AM (2 Days ago) Entertainment Reviews
The year is 2021 and it’s late winter in Johannesburg. Outside, thunder rolls and lightening scratches across the sky. Inside, a woman sits holding a home pregnancy test. Her hammering heart betrays her steady hand. In her world, HIV might be as easy to treat as the common flu virus but falling pregnant is a different story. 
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